FishWise promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry, supporting sustainability through environmentally and socially responsible business practices. For more than fifteen years, FishWise has worked closely with the seafood industry to foster leadership in sustainability. We believe that the seafood industry not only has serious impacts on the health of oceans and the welfare of its workers, but also the potential to make an enormous contribution to the health of our planet and its inhabitants. FishWise works by advancing private sector leadership, building multi-stakeholder collaboration, and producing research and knowledge. ADVANCING PRIVATE SECTOR LEADERSHIP: FishWise partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments. Currently this includes partnerships with large national and regional retailers, along with independent grocery stores and mid-supply chain and producer companies. As a growing but still nimble organization, FishWise is selective in the projects it takes on, in order to maximize its capacity and ability to deliver results. BUILDING COLLABORATION AND KNOWLEDGE: FishWise sparks learning and innovation by convening government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to create new strategies for improving traceability and combating human rights abuses in seafood supply chains. We are a go-to resource for best practices, tools, and approaches recommended by diverse experts in the field. With marine and social scientists and data analysts on staff, and through strategic academic affiliations, FishWise translates leading-edge scientific information into pragmatic recommendations for a range of seafood stakeholders.
In 2014, Fair Trade USA launched its Seafood program in an effort to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to fishermen, fish farmers, and seafood processing workers. Through Fair Trade certification and improved market access, the Seafood program aims to build strong communities by ensuring financially stable families, safe working conditions, access to services through community development premium investments, and biologically healthy ecosystems. Fair Trade’s standards use a step-wise approach that requires improvement of social, economic, and environmental conditions over time, benefiting both communities and the natural ecosystems upon which they depend.
The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed, among other sectors, in aquaculture, fish and seafood growing and processing. The IUF is composed of 421 affiliated trade unions in 128 countries representing over 10 million workers. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland. From its founding in 1920, international labour solidarity has been the IUFå«s guiding principle. This principle is implemented through: building solidarity at every stage of the food chain, international organizing within transnational companies (TNCs) global action to defend human, democratic, and trade union rights.
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international federation of transport workers’ trade unions with more than 20,000,000 million members in all transport sectors, which among the others represents fishers working at sea and on land, as part of the supply chain. The ITF is campaigning to protect and secure decent human and labour rights of the fishers worldwide in the world’s Fishing is the world’s most dangerous industry, mixed up with human trafficking, piracy, child labour, modern slavery and even murder. Effective regulation is vital. The ITF works with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other relevant international organisation to address the plight of fishers on a global level. The ITF is actively involved in: – Promotion of ratification and implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention No188,2007 which provide the minimum standards regarding employment of fishers: – Fighting to stop the abuse of fishers and fishworkers: – Combating social dumping: – Prevent and eliminate human trafficking in fishing: – Combating IUU fishing which is major threat to people and fisheries.
The Labour Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN) is a leading non-government organisation working in Thailand to address issues of human trafficking, migrant rights, and migrant child safeguarding. The organisation has its base in the coastal province of Samut Sakhon, 45 kilometers southwest of Bangkok. LPN has worked with communities in Samut Sakhon and surrounding provinces for over a decade. Priority issues include migrant child issues, child trafficking, forced and bonded child labour and illegal employment of children. To address these issues LPN advocates for the provision of education, fair and equal rights for migrant child and their families, and access to appropriate healthcare and information. Given the acute vulnerability of migrant children in Samut Sakhon, and Thailand as a whole, LPN channels significant amounts of time and resources into promoting migrant child issues and providing care, assistance, and safeguarding services to past, current, and potential victims of exploitation and rights violations.
Innovative fishery managers, aquaculture producers, supply chain companies, governments and advocacy groups are leading the global seafood market toward sustainable best practices. SCS Global Services was the first certifier to issue a Marine Stewardship Council certificate in 1999 and performs work focused on social and environmental assessment. We provide a global diversity of clients with consulting and auditing services related to marine capture fisheries (Marine Stewardship Council, Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard), aquaculture production (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), Chain of Custody and improvement projects. We would be pleased to provide tailored consulting services including risk assessment, second party audits, supply chain mapping, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, or helping you to generate sustainability frameworks, procurement policies or other internal or external reporting tools. Examples of SCS seafood clients and projects can be found here: https://www.scsglobalservices.com/certified-clients/sustainable-seafood-certificates
UL’s Responsible Sourcing group is a global leader in advancing sustainable business practices within supply chains, worldwide. We execute our mission through: – Delivering auditing and advisory services that meet the evolving needs of the marketplace – Being a trusted advisor and thought-leader to client and other stakeholders – Advancing UL’s mission of working for a safer world; UL’s Responsible Sourcing group provides auditing and advisory services in six areas of expertise: Social Responsibility and Accountability, Risk Identification and Management, Environmental Responsibility, Brand Protection and Supply Chain Security, Extractives and Raw Materials Sourcing, and Capacity-building and Continuous Improvement. With a global footprint spanning over 120 countries, UL’s Responsible Sourcing group conducts nearly 20,000 audits each year.
ILAB’s mission is to promote a fair global playing field for workers in the United States and around the world by enforcing trade commitments, strengthening labor standards, and combating international child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. The bureau is comprised of three offices: the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, the Office of Trade and Labor Affaris, and the Office of International Relations and Economic Research. For more information about the work of each office, see https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/about-us/mission.
The ILO SEA Fisheries Project aims to reduce human trafficking and labour exploitation in fisheries by strengthening coordination and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of existing national and regional level anti-trafficking efforts in South East Asia. Our project aims include coordinating multi-stakeholder action plans, perform in-depth research in order to fill knowledge gaps, measure progress, and enhance overall communication within the regional fisheries industry.
The Solidarity Center is the largest U.S.-based international worker rights organization helping workers attain safe and healthy workplaces, family-supporting wages, dignity on the job and greater equity at work and in their community. Allied with the AFL-CIO and working with 400-plus labor unions, NGOs, human rights defenders and community groups, the Solidarity Center assists workers across the globe as, together, they fight discrimination, exploitation and the systems that entrench poverty. It supports programs‰ÛÓe.g., trainings, education campaigns, legal aid, research and transparency initiative‰ÛÓthat help workers understand and exercise their rights, improve their working and living conditions, and build independent unions, including in the fishing and seafood sectors. The Solidarity Center has issued several publications on the fish and seafood sector, including: The Plight of Shrimp-Processing Workers of Southwestern Bangladesh (2012), Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Migrant Fishing Boat Workers in Thailand (2009), and The True Cost of Shrimp (2008).